Sunday, March 12, 2006

Dr. David Yeagley

"Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima."
---Major Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division Signal Officer

The bloggers at Tryworks have posted comments disparaging an Indian academic named Dr. David Yeagley. They claim he is an isolated loser with no following.

Tryworks is jealous that Dr. Yeagley was written up in this article

Whatever his politics, Professor Yeagley is at least speaking as a real Indian with a Ph.D. He's not masquerading as an Indian like Ward Churchill, who has never earned a doctorate, who doesn't hold membership in any tribe, and has never produced any evidence of Indian ancestry.

Yeagley has a positive message for Indians, too. I like that.
Yeagley writes:

"Indians need to take an attitude of ownership of America, not alienation. I don't believe we can survive in a state of alienation. I think we should contribute our influence to helping preserve America, this great nation that grew up on our land."

Here is his website

Wardo is a white leftist who cynically uses Indians as human shields when he fights with the FBI. It is true that Wardo has some followers, but so did Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, and Mao.

The Maoist organization MIM gives Wardo a lot of support.
They are always writing articles to support him.
How embarrassing to be supported by people who are devotees of Mao, a man whose policies caused the deaths of 70 million Chinese in peacetime and who said that if half the Chinese nation had to die to build his twisted utopia that this was an acceptable price to pay. [Mao: The Unknown Story]

Churchill bragged that Maoist goon squads intimidated the journalist Charlie Brennan, who covers the never-ending Ward Churchill scandals for the Rocky Mountain News. Of course, it is possible that Churchill may have been indulging in some wishful fantasizing when he made this apocryphal boast about his Maoist devotees to the writer Joshua Franks:

Both the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) and its recent spin-off, the Maoist International Movement (MIM) have used their weekly papers to advance some of the best analysis of my case and its implications yet published. MIM has been especially consistent in putting its cadres on the street to do political education concerning my case, gathering signatures on petitions supporting me, and the like. This has led to some interesting results, to say the least.

One of the high points of my spring was when, unbeknownst to me at the time, a bunch of MIMsters cornered Rocky Mountain News reporter Charlie Brennan on the sidewalk outside the Women's Building in San Francisco -- he was there because I was speaking inside -- and told him he wasn't taking another step until he signed their petition supporting me. Man, I'd love to have seen the look on his face! They eventually cut him loose without signing, but let's just say he's stopped stalking me around the country -- he'd earlier shown up at a talk I gave at the University of Wisconsin's Whitewater campus, and a few other unlikely locations -- and I think the MIM people can take credit for his absence. Sooooo...

Thanks, comrades.

Dr. Yeagley is a real Indian who may have been fired from an Oklahoma University because his politics didn't suit his enemies---white leftist academics like Wardo: America-hating, Indian-hating "Moredocks" who don't really care about America or Indians at all. I don't label these people as "liberal," because their values are actually very illiberal.

According to Front Page Magazine:

"Dr. Yeagley is a former teacher of humanities and psychology. He taught at Oklahoma State University (OKC), and also at the University of Central Oklahoma, and the University of Oklahoma. He was a full-time adjunct professor at OSU-OKC, but he was dismissed when he began advocating American patriotism in his classes and writing for FrontPageMagazine."

Wardo makes it seem like Indians are all an opressed, alienated bunch of losers, but it isn't true.

Mohawk Indians have historically been employed building New York's skyscrapers. I read in an Indian publication that on 9-11, an Indian construction team was working on one of the towers and even rescued people:

"Mohawk ironworkers helped build the World Trade Center and other monuments of the New York City skyline, and one crew was actually at work in the flight path of the plane that struck the second tower. St. Regis Mohawk Chief James Ransom noted that they joined rescue teams at great personal risk."

American Indians will always be remembered for their contributions to signals intelligence during both world wars. They were famous as code talkers who spoke languages that the enemy could not understand.

"At Iwo Jima," Major Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division signal officer, declared, "Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima." Connor had six Navajo code talkers working around the clock during the first two days of the battle. Those six sent and received over 800 messages, all without error.The Japanese, who were skilled code breakers, remained baffled by the Navajo language. The Japanese chief of intelligence, Lieutenant General Seizo Arisue, said that while they were able to decipher the codes used by the US Army and Army Air Corps, they never cracked the code used by the Marines. The Navajo code talkers even stymied a Navajo soldier taken prisoner at Bataan. (About 20 Navajos served in the US Army in the Philippines.) The Navajo soldier, forced to listen to the jumbled words of talker transmissions, said to a code talker after the war, "I never figured out what you guys who got me into all that trouble were saying."In 1942, there were about 50,000 Navajo tribe members. As of 1945, about 540 Navajos served as Marines. From 375 to 420 of those trained as code talkers; the rest served in other capacities."

One of the Navajo code talkers, Albert Smith, was only 15 years old.

"Late in his life, Albert Smith explained, the code word for America was, "Our Mother." Our Mother stood for freedom, our religion, our ways of life, and that's why we went in. "

Here is a recent interview with Albert Smith:

"I was enlisted in 1943, in April. I had to fib about my age, 'cause my brother and I, we wanted to go into the war together... we wanted to stay together… He was seventeen, so he move his age up two years and I move mine from 15 to 17."

Another code-talker was Samuel Jesse Smith:

"My purpose for joining the Marine Corps was to get even with the Japanese for December 7, Pearl Harbor attack."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great comments about David Yeagley. I consider him to be easily one the most intelligent and articulate writers out there. I don't believe that negative comments about him being a traitorous right-wing Indian bother him a bit. If fact I think he feeds off it. I routinely check his website for his words of wisdom and his take on current events.

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the record Yeagley has attacked the Code Talkers publicly and all Native veterans repeatedly. He also dodged the draft during the Vietnam War. And yes, he is an isolated loser, unwanted by Comanche voters who rejected him twice, when he got less than 1% of Comanche votes. He's also not Comanche. His family are Mexicans adopted into the tribe.

11:52 PM  

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